Is Mayor Bloomberg an economic girlie man? It seems that Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy (left) would have us believe so. The Politicker dug up this newspaper account of a meeting between the two mayors at a recent panel discussion in New York. Bloomberg, who famously raised property taxes 18.5% after failing to impose a commuter tax (the property tax is lorded over by the City Council, whereas all other taxes are dealt with in the State Assembly)--and later issued rebates on that same property tax--reportedly questioned Murphy about how he managed to get his tax wish list taken care of so easily:
Recalling his conversation with Bloomberg, [Pittsburgh Mayor Tom] Murphy said in an interview, "We had this conversation and he said, 'How did you win?' I said, 'Because I was willing to take the city into bankruptcy.' If I were [New York] mayor, I would probably have shut down the bridges coming in from Long Island...We just didn't blink and the Legislature blinked."Pity poor Tom Murphy: he assumes that closing the bridges coming in from Long Island would lead to some sort of outcry. Silly mayor!
· The View From Pitsburgh [Politicker]
· Tom Murphy boasts of sandbagging the Legislature [PittsburghLive.com]